Alas, we will never eat these 18 cereals from the 1980s again

It was the heyday of sugary breakfasts. Who says you can't have doughnuts, s'mores and ice cream in the morning?

We are serious cereal junkies. Breakfast of champions? Pshaw. It's the dinner of champions as well. Nothing pairs better with your favorite sitcom than a heaping bowl of crunchy rice, corn and oats.

Previously, we shared with you some of our favorite forgotten cereals of the 1960s and 1970s. Now, we take the Delorean back to the 1980s. It was an golden era when cereals became sweeter, marshmallowier, doughnuttier — and licensed by popular toys, games and movies.

Grab a spoon and dig into the past for the prize. And watch the commercials, too!

1. C-3PO's

Goldenrod got his cereal in 1984, a year after the first trilogy wrapped up. As for the shapes, they looked like Bs and 8s. Hey, why didn't they bring this back as BB-8's Cereal?

Image: Mr. Breakfast

2. Donkey Kong Junior

Naturally, there was a Donkey Kong Cereal, too. But we're spotlighting Junior because 1) it was fruity and banana-shaped and 2) Donkey Kong Jr. was a better video game. Debate! This hit stores in 1983.

Image: Tom's Heroes

3. Dunkin' Donuts

In 1988, it was time to make the cereal! This delicacy came in Glazed and Chocolate varieties. Look closely and note the three shapes — rings, holes and twists.

Image: Flickr / Gregg Koenig

4. E.T.

"Made with E.T.'s favorite flavors, chocolate and real peanut butter." These were brilliant, a sort of Reese's Krispies.

Image: Mr. Potter's Funtime Blog

5. Ice Cream Cones

With its mascot Ice Cream Jones, these sugary servings from 1987 stopped pretending they were healthy. They even came with gumballs inside. Still too healthy? There was a Chocolate Chip iteration as well.

Image: Mr. Potter's Funtime Blog

6. Marshmallow Krispies

Launched in 1982, this rather basic concept oddly no longer exists. The Fruity variation featured a young Fred Savage delivering stand-up comedy in its commercial.

Image: Flickriver

7. Nerds

Now this was genius. Two cereals in two compartments, just like the candy. Though, let's be honest, this was breakfast candy. Orange/Cherry vied for your taste buds with Grape/Strawberry in 1985.

Image: Complex

8. Nintendo Cereal System

Another dual-compartment box! If watched cartoons circa 1988, there is no way this jingle was not stuck in your head.

Image: Mr. Potter's Funtime Blog

9. Mr. T

We pity the fools who didn't try this in 1984. Well, okay, it was essentially Cap'n Crunch.

Image: Mr. Potter's Funtime Blog

10. OJ's

Just as banana was uncommonly popular as a flavor in the 1960s, orange cereals cropped up in the 1980s. Why are citrus cereals so hard to find now? This was barely available around 1985, it seems, but we fondly recall it.

Image: Flickr

11. Pac-Man

Fun fact: Former sitcom star Marty Ingels was the voice of Pac-Man. The video game icon became a marshmallow treat in 1983.

Image: The Nerd Filter

12. PB&J

This curiosity from 1982 never made it to mass market, despite the appeal of the explorer PB and his dog J. Would you try this flavor combination?

Image: Gone But Not Forgotten Groceries

13. Powdered Donutz

Doughnuts — er, "Donutz" — were quite the rage. Probably because it was an easy way to rebrand Cheerios for sugar fiends. This 1980 launch also came in a Chocolate Flavor Donutz variety.

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14. Raisin Squares

See, it wasn't all about the kids demographic. These chewy nuggets from 1982, basically raisin-stuffed Mini Wheats, were quite tasty.

Image: Cereal Bits

15. Rocky Road

Hey, it had 8 essential vitamins. Is "chocolate" a vitamin?

Image: Cereal Bits

16. S'mores Crunch

Dentists must have adored the 1980s. This day-starter took Golden Grahams, dusted 'em with cocoa and added marshmallows.

Image: Flickr / Jasonliebigstuff

17. Smurf Berry Crunch

If the Strawberry Shortcake Cereal failed to provide enough berry variety, there was this two-tone spoonful.

Image: Mr. Potter's Funtime Blog

18. Waffelos

The sweetest of all cereal decades kicked off with the launch of this maple-rich crunch.

Image: Retroist

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JKMallaber 7 months ago
I liked S'mores cereal, and C3PO's, as well. And Count Chocula. And Boo Berry. And Frankenberry. And Cap'n Crunch. And Cocoa Pebbles (or Puffs, as a standby.) Saturday mornings ROCKED! Sugar rush NOW! :-)
Annisette 7 months ago
Ok, you young whipersnappers, when I was a child back in the 40's, we didn't have all those choices and I grew up on oatmeal, Malt-o-meal, and Cream of Wheat. Got some recently at our grocery store.... still tastes the same! I was thrilled when my mom
purchased a box of Wheaties! Ah, the good ol' days!
WF 7 months ago
Being a child of the 1960's I was too old for the "gimmick" cereals, and if I wanted something really sweet I went for something basic like Cap'n Crunch (I remember when they came out in about 1964, a small comic book was included) or Sugar Smacks. What I really miss are Corn Bran (later called Crunchy Bran or Crunchy Corn Bran - I last saw these in the early 2000's), and Post Oat Flakes ("Got the taste of oatmeal cookies, got the taste you like the most..."), which I last saw in probably the 1970's. Anyone have later sightings?
kkvegas WF 7 months ago
Up until a year or so ago, Target sold Crunchy Corn Bran, but I think it's gone for good now. I loved that cereal. Quaker also used to make a cold oat bran cereal that I really liked. It was discontinued years ago. Another brand made a very similar cereal, but then they "improved" it, and it's not the same anymore.
mobydee71 15 months ago
I liked smurf berry crunch. Also ate a lot of King Vitamin.
BrianMoore 21 months ago
They ain't kidding about that Nintendo cereal jingle. It pops into my head every so often 32 years later.

By the way, the cereal tasted like urinal pucks.
LukeDodge 23 months ago
I couldn't make it through this entire list without shedding some tears. I still remember the tastes as if it were 1988...
EmBee 38 months ago
Well, first of all, Froot Loops and Trix are primarily citrus. But some of the ones that I used to eat all the time and were not mentioned: Kaboom (made the milk grey), Quake and Quisp. And a lot more that I just can't bring to mind. I looked up a few and surprisingly, they are still out there!
mobydee71 EmBee 15 months ago
Now we have a bathroom cleaner called "Kaboom"...LOL
Lantern 39 months ago
One cereal I really miss (although I believe it got started in the 1960s) is Team, from General Mills. That was so good - I used to eat it straight out of the box.
EmBee Lantern 38 months ago
Those were flakes? Oddly, my Mom used them to make oatmeal cookies.
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